How to take Better Landscape Photos (Part 1 of 4)

Landscape photography is one of the most popular forms of this art because so many want to show the beauty or power of Creation.  There is a problem here however and it isn't what you think.  The issue is NOT that many new photographers get their expensive camera gear and jump right into it creating so-so images.  The problem is that so many photographers stay there because the results are "okay" enough.  This is the first in a four part series to help you take your landscape photography to the next level.

The Fluff

The fluff can be among the most important aspects to becoming a better landscape photographer.  What do I mean by fluff?  Fluff is the emotions or thought process you have while viewing the scene.

THIS HERE SURE IS "PURDY"

Moving past the thought of 'this scene is beautiful or powerful' can be difficult.  You have to start thinking about why you see it as you do.  Examine the scene and narrow down what grabbed your attention.  Keep in mind the people looking at your work were not with you when the image was captured (well, most likely anyway).  They cannot feel what you were feeling unless you show them.

Ansel Adams said"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed."

The photograph must stand on its own.

I chose the FLUFF as the first part of this series because I think it gets overlooked way to often.  People talk about gear, composition, post processing, and just about anything else before they get to this topic.  

Remember, the next time you are out try thinking in this manner.  Try to convey to your potential audience what and how you see.